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HOUSEHOLDS OWE £1.3BN TO THEIR ENERGY SUPPLIERS AHEAD OF WINTER BILL RISES

Households already owe £1.3 billion to their energy suppliers two months before bills are set to soar by more than 80%. The overall debt bill is already three times higher than it was a year ago, experts at Uswitch said on Wednesday, and it seems likely it will grow further over the winter. Six million homes across the UK owe an average of £206 to their energy provider, according to […]

today27 March 2022 413 1 2

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR UK’S NEXT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

The Government is calling for sites to be put forward as the UK’s next nominations for Unesco World Heritage Status. The successful places would join the UK’s 33 world heritage sites, including Stonehenge, The Tower of London and Hadrian’s Wall. Nominations are reviewed every 10 years, and are bestowed in recognition of the role sites have played in world history. Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston has launched the call for new […]

today26 March 2022 434 1 2

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FORECOURTS NOT PASSING ON FUEL DUTY CUT TO DRIVERS

That's according to the AA Forecourts have failed to pass on the fuel duty savings announced by the Chancellor at the spring statement, according to new data. Petrol prices have fallen just 2.71p, and diesel down 1.59p, despite Rishi Sunak saying a 5p fuel cut comes into effect from 6pm on Wednesday, research from The AA found. Average pump prices across the UK show petrol averaged 164.59p a litre and […]

today25 March 2022 423 1 2

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LEGAL ACTION SEEKS DAMAGES FOR 25 MILLION IPHONE USERS OVER BATTERY ‘THROTTLING’

A consumer champion has launched a more than £750 million legal claim against Apple, linked to an incident in 2017 around a power management tool on older iPhone models. Justin Gutmann has accused the tech giant of slowing down the performance of iPhone handsets – a process known as “throttling” – by hiding a power management tool in software updates to combat performance issues and stop older devices from shutting […]

today24 March 2022 421 1 2

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BRITONS WARNED OF ‘SERIOUS’ HEALTH IMPLICATIONS AMID SWELTERING HEAT

Britons hoping to bask in the end of the week’s glorious sunshine should be wary of the “serious” health implications of the sweltering heat, experts say. Forecasters expect 29C temperatures in London today, surpassing the 28.2C recorded at Kew Gardens, in the south-west of the capital yesterday, which was the hottest day of the year. The south-east will then sizzle on Friday as the mercury rises to 34C, with 27-30C […]

today23 March 2022 427 1 2

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HS2 ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND ANGLO-SAXON BURIAL GROUND CONTAINING NEARLY 140 GRAVES

Archaeologists working on an HS2 site have discovered a burial ground containing nearly 140 graves, including a skeleton with a weapon still embedded in it. The site, in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, contained 138 graves, with 141 regular burials and five cremation burials, which makes it one of the largest Anglo-Saxon burial grounds ever uncovered in Britain. A skeleton, thought to be male, was found with a sharp iron object embedded into […]

today22 March 2022 431 1 2

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PLANS TO CREATE FAIRER PRIVATE RENTAL SECTOR IN ENGLAND TAKE A STEP FORWARD

Plans to create a fairer private rented sector in England are taking a step forward with the publication of a Government White Paper on Thursday. Tenants will have stronger powers to challenge poor practice and unjustified rent increases under the proposals, and they could also be saved the expense of having to move as often from one rented home to another. It will also be made illegal for landlords or […]

today22 March 2022 426 1 2

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JOHNSON CALLS ON CHINA TO SPEAK OUT OVER UKRAINE WAR

Boris Johnson has urged China to get off the fence and join in global condemnation of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The Prime Minister said he believed some in Xi Jinping’s administration were having “second thoughts” about the neutral stance adopted by Beijing following Russia’s actions against its neighbour. Despite Mr Johnson’s suggestion of a possible shift in attitude, there was fresh criticism of Nato on Saturday from China as […]

today20 March 2022 423 1 2

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UK DONATES MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO UKRAINE AS RUSSIA EXPANDS MISSILE STRIKES

Two million medical items have now been donated to Ukraine, the Government announced after Russia expanded its missile strikes to Lviv in the west of the country on Friday. Supplies including painkillers, insulin shots and intensive care equipment are expected to arrive in the war-torn region in the coming days, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he told Ukrainian […]

today19 March 2022 416 1

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